Port Aransas, TX
The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute has initiated a Gulf-wide Citizen Science Project to map plastic pellets (often called nurdles) around the Gulf of Mexico. Nurdles are small plastic pellets that are manufactured as the basis for all plastic products. This project is developing an interactive mapping website, NurdlePatrol.org, where volunteers collecting nurdles can add their data and see results in real-time. The site will also be a hub for plastic pellet pollution information with the ultimate goal of raising awareness of nurdle pollution to empower change at the state and federal level.
Founded in 2006, The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed by the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and located in Port Aransas, Texas. The Reserve’s mission is to bring together scientists, landowners, policy-makers, and the public to ensure that coastal management decisions benefit flora and fauna, water quality, and people.
Photo credit: University of Texas Marine Science Institute